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Opening Alert: Former Thistle Inn Chef Opens Little Village Bistro in Wiscasset

Owner Tony Bickford will serve up Italian-American classics in "Maine's prettiest village."

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When former Oscar's New American owner Nick Krunkkala revealed he'd be taking over the kitchen at The Thistle Inn, he also hinted at a new restaurant coming soon from the inn's previous chef, Tony Bickford. That restaurant is called Little Village Bistro, and it opens today in "Maine's prettiest village," Wiscasset.

"Little Village Bistro is a casual dining restaurant which fits most occasions from a lunch with friends and family to a romantic night for two," according to the website. The site most recently housed The Route 27 Pub. Bickford, who worked his way up from 16 year old breakfast cook at Karen's Kitchen, told the Boothbay Register last month that the cuisine would be American "with some Italian influence."

"I'm not looking to wow people with these crazy ideas, just wow them with these classic recipes that are done really well," Bickford explained. The sample menu provided comprises plenty of classics from calamari ($8), meatball sliders ($8), and pizzas ($9) to chicken alfredo ($14), beef tenderloin ($26), and handmade cannoli ($6). See for yourself how Bickford plans to elevate this comfort food starting today at 11 a.m.

65 Gardiner Road, Wiscasset, (207) 687-8232, website. Open Tuesday to Saturday for lunch 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and for dinner 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.